Parliamentary Investigation Into Iraq War - Another Bloodied Nose For Blair ...
Today could have turned out to be a brilliant day for Britain. And, a brilliant day for millions of caring, concerned, civilised British citizens of conscience too -- including of course yours truly, Richard & This Old Brit.
Alas, it was not to be. Not today anyway.
However, here via the BBC is part of what did happen.
Once again, Tony Blair has narrowly avoided a defeat over the biggest single issue to have battered and even defined his premiership - Iraq.Blair, being the bombastic bastard he's become, probably believes he's won another battle. But the question that is begged is this; what manner of a bollixed, no-brainer of man is it who belligerently battles on regardless - when almost everyone else realises that the war is already over? And that both he and his bloodthirsty buddy, barmy G.W. Bush, lost it -- a long time ago.
After a heated and sometimes emotional Commons debate, and despite the Tories lining up with other opposition parties and Labour rebels, a move to force a fresh inquiry into the war was defeated.
But the vote - which was close but not as bad as it might have been for Mr Blair - was another graphic reminder, if any was needed, of the divisions the war has sparked on the Labour benches and the bitterness still felt by some towards the prime minister's actions.
So, he and his governmental henchmen scraped through by just 25 votes, eh?
Some sort of super victory, eh?
Something special to celebrate, eh?
Especially if one remembers that Blair's overall majority in the house is actually 66. And that at the election before the last one, it had been 167. And that prior to that, it was once as high as 179.
Well, then. What the hell, we wonder, will it take to get through to Tone-the-twit?
What will it take to tell him that he's a loser? And a lousy loser at that.
Here's more from today's BBC report re;parliament.
Defeat would not have required Mr Blair's resignation, but it would have represented a significant new blow to his authority in his last months as premier and as he continues to face pressure from many on his own side to quit Downing Street long before the May deadline he appears to have in mind.
As it is, he may have won the day, but once again Iraq has emerged as the biggest issue on which Tony Blair is constantly being judged.
Read the rest of the report right here.